ICMD, Nov 29, 2017
According to The Telegraph, Dame Angela Lansbury said that women themselves are responsible for the abuse they face as they ‘go out of their way to make themselves attractive’ to men.
In the wake of the numerous allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others in Hollywood, the 92-year old offered a strikingly different take.
“There are two sides to this coin. We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately, it has backfired on us – and this is where we are today,” Lansbury said.
Adding on she told Radio Times, “We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped”.
Lansbury added that women “shouldn’t have to be” prepared for this.
“Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be,” she said. “There’s no excuse for that. And I think it will stop now – it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.”
Dame Angela said she had not suffered any harassment during her time as a young actress in Hollywood.
In response to her comments, the Rape Crisis England & Wales issued a statement: “It is a deeply unhelpful myth that rape and other forms of sexual violence are caused or ‘provoked’ by women’s sexuality or ‘attractiveness’.